Jameson & Hector

On Saturday July 13th, Jameson and Hector finally met! Hands For Baby Jameson- Cycle USA came to a very emotional and happy finish!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHector finish

Hector Picard had set out on one incredible journey to show our little boy that ANYTHING is possible.  It ended with friends and loved ones by our sides showing compassion and support as Hector completed his 3200 mile bicycle ride across the USA. A ride that has no doubt inspired so many people around the country. A ride that proves to our son that despite his disability the impossible IS possible.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe rest of the day and well into the evening we spent time getting to know Hector and his wonderful family; his wife Wendy and two kids Sophia and Alex. They are really great! This was a big day for Jameson, despite missing his usual three-hour nap, our 1-year-old did so awesome! He welcomed Hector into his little baby world like he had already known him.Hector and Jameson

While we visited with the Picard clan, more community members, friends and family gathered with us at Prospector’s Bar and Grill.  There, we enjoyed good food, music, fun, and auctioned/raffled off all the awesome and generously donated items. The event was a success and we were able to raise $4,500! We could not have had such a great outcome without the generosity and love from so many. I would like to thank all of you that helped out and donated, you all are AMAZING!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Thanks to all my helpers, without you this day would not have been this perfect:

Phil & Jet Kercher- you guys are so wonderful, Dwight & Trudy Olsen-we were able to get such a great bike, Prospector’s Bar and Grill- for hosting the event, my sister-in-law Cat-great job on 92.9 ZZU, my mother-law Sally and my mom Diane-we love you, Chad Wiser- you rock literally, Annie Bishop @KXLY- for helping us spread the word for months, Trevor Erickson & McClains Pizzeria- for spreading the word and selling so many bracelets, my Aunt Laurie- you were so helpful to us and wonderful to Hector, my niece Cali- for selling bracelets, my niece Ruby for telling Jameson’s story, Noah Skinner- for meeting up with Hector in Denver, Cindy Davis-you were great to get balloons and send Hector off from Pullman, Noah Sutherland-for rallying bikers and riding with Hector, Baddlands Bike Club- for riding with Hector,Pamela & Lilia Burks- thanks for driving the update car, a huge thanks to all friends and family that came out, & to all the people who joined in to ride with Hector-thank you!!!!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Thanks to all the donators: North Division Bike, Phil & Jet Kercher,Debbie Thune, Lindsay Hofman & Spoke n’ Sport, Kollette McHaney @ Brews Bros, Laurie MacMillan, Thomas Hammer, John Grollmus, Julie Boehm, Leslie Dashiell, Stacy Sanchez & The Daily Habit, Shirley Antak, Connie Conradi, Wandermere Golf Coarse, Becky Goldberg, Dave Cornell – the winner of the bike raffle who requested the bike be returned to North Division and the cash value be given to the fundraiser, Wiser Weddings, Doug Clegg, Cathy Moudy, Beth Marrotta, Brian Anderson,Dave Holznagel, Barbara Smith, Daniel Lambert, Sue & Al Will, Heather Wiser, Brian Moore, Jackie Dowers and Family, and to all that made a donation to http://www.dontstopliving.org/…. I hope I am not missing anyone, if I am I truly apologize from the bottom of my heart.

And the biggest THANK YOU goes to Hector Picard! You truly are an amazing man and special human being. The total money that was raised because of you was $17,841!!!!!!!!  That money will greatly help provide Jameson’s future prosthesis! But, like Jim and I have said all along-  it is not about the money, it is about the true act of kindness and the incredible selfless deed of a stranger who showed a family and their child the courage to never give up. We have learned a tremendous life lesson and gained a new friend for life!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

6 Days To Go!

In 6 days, Jameson and Hector will meet for the very first time. As Jameson’s mother I am extremely excited for the moment that the two of them come face to face, for all of us to meet!  I can’t wait to give this incredible guy a great big hug. I am pretty sure that everyone in attendance is going to remember this for a very long time. A beautiful moment of pure raw emotion. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I saw one of Hector’s recent interviews where he told the reporter that this moment, when he meets us, is what has kept him going. And as he finished saying that, he nearly lost it and I saw a few tears. Brought tears to my eyes, that was for sure.

It’s not over yet, but I have to say that this has been quite the journey for Hector. It has been a very trying mission, probably more so than anyone anticipated. Sometimes I get the feeling that Hector’s daily updates have been a bit “sugar-coated”.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the daily updates, especially the Dear Jameson part! But I do know that he leaves stuff out like how his arm stump was pretty much being torn to shreds from the old bike, his shoes are falling apart, he only wears one sock so that he has a free foot to change bike tires, IV’s in your foot are painful, his stolen iPad was a Father’s Day gift, and much more. He has suffered, and it makes me sad and feel bad, but it was not like we could tell the guy “no way”. I am pretty sure he would not take no for an answer.

Even though this has been a huge challenge, Hector is having an adventure of a life-time! Meeting many wonderful people, visiting places he has never been before (he’s never seen wheat fields), living off of McDonald’s, Dominos Pizza, and Coca Cola, and most importantly he is inspiring so many people around the US, especially Jameson, that ANYTHING is possible even without hands.

Currently, Hector is in Idaho Falls, ID! Whoo hoo….. only one state from Washington! He’s almost here! If you want to help Hector finish his ride you can donate at: http://www.dontstopliving.org/index.html

And ANYONE can come join us in welcoming Hector July 13th here in Spokane, 10120 N Whittier St @1pm!!!

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Cycle USA For Jameson!

Hands For Baby Jameson Cycle USA  has officially begun!

Send off party for Hector Picard from Miami, FL Sat. June 8th

Send off party for Hector Picard from Miami, FL Sat. June 8th

Saturday, June 8th, Hector Picard, left at 8am setting out on his 3200 mile cross-country bicycle ride from Miami, Florida to our home here in Spokane, Washington!

For those of you that have not heard about this yet, Hector Picard is a double arm amputee himself.

On March 31, 1992, an electrical accident at work sent 13,000 volts through him. He awoke from a coma four weeks later with burns on his body and his arms amputated — his entire right arm and half of his left arm, this is all from his website, www.dontstopliving.org. Hector has since become a motivational speaker and supporter of people facing difficulties in their lives whether if be from a disability or just plain down on their luck. “I want everyone to know that no adversity is too great when you embrace life through hard work and positive thinking, you will overcome anything,” Hector said.

Not only is Hector an incredible motivational speaker and Good Samaritan, he became the very first double arm amputee Ironman x3! If you can believe this: Hector’s wife talked him out of swimming from Cuba to Key West and decided that he would settle on biking across the ENTIRE USA!

Calling his little bicycle ride Hands For Baby Jameson Cycle USA. Hector has three goals in mind for this ride:

  1. To raise $32,000 for Jameson’s future prosthetics
  2. To make it across the US on his bicycle (without hands)
  3. And to meet Jameson for the first time showing him that ANYTHING is possible

The ride will take Hector through 13 states, he will encounter steep terrain and every kind of weather condition you can think of. He plans on stopping along the way to solicit donations while giving speeches in order to reach the $32.000 goal.

In addition to his fundraising efforts for Jameson, Hector Picard wants to raise awareness for people with disabilities and show that a person can still live life to the fullest despite disability.
A truly amazing man and we are very excited to welcome him to our home on July 13th!!!!

Hands For Baby Jameson Cycle USA

Hi everyone! I want to let you all know about this amazing man who has come into our lives to help Jameson. His name is Hector Picard. Hector had learned of our story and decided out of the kindness of his heart to put together an incredible fund-raiser called Hands for Baby Jameson Cycle USA (More details below and go here to find out how you can help http://www.dontstopliving.org/index.html ). Here is what Hector wrote and the list of every one of his stops. Check it out, it is positively amazing:POSTER-Hands for Baby Jameson

“Hi my name is Hector Picard and I am a double arm amputee tri-athlete, cyclist and motivational speaker. In 1992 I was involved in an electrical accident while working in South Florida and as a result I had my entire right arm amputated and half my left as well 2nd and 3rd degree burns over large portion of my body. I haven’t allowed these physical obstacles stop me from reaching my goals.
On April 12th, 2012 Baby Jameson Davis was born to Jimmy and Brooke Davis of Spokane, Washington. Jameson was born with no hands or forearms but a wonderful smile and a zest for life. Due to the high cost of prosthetics, the Davis’ are struggling to provide Jameson with the latest technology to afford him the same opportunities every able-bodies child deserves. In an effort to raise funds for Baby Jameson’s myoelectric prosthetics, I will ride my bicycle from Miami, FL. To Spokane, WA. This fundraising event will begin on June 8th, 2013 and end on July 13, 2013. It will cover 3200 miles in 36 days (average 90 miles a day).
Join me in helping raise money for Jameson’s future medical needs. If we work together, Jameson will have the same opportunity to reach for his goals.As always, thank you for your support and all your positive thoughts!”

Date Day Date Departure Location Destination City Miles to
Day 01 Saturday Jun 8 Miami, FL Clewiston, FL 103
Day 02 Sunday Jun 9 Clewiston, FL Lake Wales, FL 105
Day 03 Monday Jun 10 Lake Wales, FL Ocala, FL 100
Day 04 Tuesday Jun 11 Ocala, FL Lake City, FL 84
Day 05 Wednesday Jun 12 Lake City, FL Tifton, GA 106
Day 06 Thursday Jun 13 Tifton, GA Macon, GA 103
Day 07 Friday Jun 14 Macon, GA Atlanta, GA 87
Day 08 Saturday Jun 15 Atlanta, GA Anniston, AL 88
Day 09 Sunday Jun 16 Anniston, AL Birmingham, AL 73
Day 10 Monday Jun 17 Birmingham, AL Tupelo, MS 115
Day 11 Tuesday Jun 18 Tupelo, MS Memphis, TN 98
Day 12 Wednesday Jun 19 Memphis, TN Jonesboro, AR 70
Day 13 Thursday Jun 20 Jonesboro, AR West Plains, MO 93
Day 14 Friday Jun 21 West Plains, MO Springfield, MO 91
Day 15 Saturday Jun 22 Springfield, MO Warsaw, MO 78
Day 16 Sunday Jun 23 Warsaw, MO Kansas City, MO 88
Day 17 Monday Jun 24 Kansas City, MO Topeka, KS 70
Day 18 Tuesday Jun 25 Topeka, KS Clay Center, KS 88
Day 19 Wednesday Jun 26 Clay Center, KS Osbourne, KS 88
Day 20 Thursday Jun 27 Osbourne, KS Oberlin, Kansas 112
Day 21 Friday Jun 28 Oberlin, KS Idalia, CO 102
Day 22 Saturday Jun 29 Idalia, CO Denver, CO 118
Day 23 Sunday Jun 30 Denver, CO Fort Collins, CO 74
Day 24 Monday Jul 1 Fort Collins, CO Laramie, WY 69
Day 25 Tuesday Jul 2 Laramie, WY Rawlins, WY 89
Day 26 Wednesday Jul 3 Rawlins, WY Jeffrey City, WY 85
Day 27 Thursday Jul 4 Jeffrey City, WY Riverton, WY 82
Day 28 Friday Jul 5 Riverton, WY Grand Teton NP, WY 80
Day 29 Saturday Jul 6 Grand Teton NP, WY Idaho Falls, ID 112
Day 30 Sunday Jul 7 Idaho Falls, ID Mud Lake, ID 71
Day 31 Monday Jul 8 Mud Lake, ID Salmon, ID 100
Day 32 Tuesday Jul 9 Salmon, ID Darby, MT 60
Day 33 Wednesday Jul 10 Darby, MT Missoula, MT 54
Day 34 Thursday Jul 11 Missoula, MT Kamiah, ID 110
Day 35 Friday Jul 12 Kamiah, ID Pullman, WA 84
Day 36 Saturday Jul 13 Pullman, WA Spokane, WA 73

Needing New Hands Already?

Jameson, my precious little cutie patootie!

Jameson, my precious little boy!

My husband Jim and I were a little shocked the other day when Jameson’s prosthesis would not fit. Gosh, already? It was a little unexpected that our little guy out grew his first set of passive arms so quickly. Yes, kids grow fast, but goodness we’ve got a wild weed here! I guess I should not be surprised because he has worn size 12 month clothing since about 9 1/2 months. We just thought for sure he would be in this set of arms until the fall. Keeping up with his wear schedule at this point is pretty crucial in the whole process of learning how to use the prosthesis, adjust to them, and tolerate them. This process will get him ready for his really important next set, his myoelectric “hands”. Ideally, he will be ready for the myos at 18 months.

Luckily, we have been scheduled right away for the next available appointment at our prosthetic company Advanced Arm Dynamics. We leave this next week. Of coarse, they were wonderful and said not too worry they will adjust the prosthesis and get Jameson back on track! This major growth spurt was not at all a shock to AAD. I on the other hand, am still a little surprised. Or maybe I am in a little bit of denial, I want my baby to stay a baby. Don’t all mothers want that?!

My other concern is that he is probably going to need a lot more prosthesis than we originally expected.

A major question now is this: just how many sets is he going to need? Jameson is a growing boy and a fast one at that. Looks like we’ve got a long journey ahead of us with fittings, fund-raising, and faith that we will be able to provide our son with what he needs to lead a more normal life.

High Fives And a Thousand Hearts Fund Raiser

tuckered out

11pm and all tuckered out. But still has his tie on:)

Last Saturday we were so blessed to attend the High Fives And a Thousand Hearts For Jameson Fund Raiser! Of coarse Jameson was the guest of honor and made it until 11pm:) Pretty good for a 10 month old who usually goes to bed at 8!

This event was put together by Michele Kelly, a very considerate and loving woman who, out of the kindness of her heart, donated this evening to Jameson. Originally, this was a prize that Michele had won and was going to celebrate with her friends, family, and colleagues. Instead, after recently finding out about our story she decided to give up her night and make it an occasion to help raise money for a baby and a family she didn’t even know.

Located at a local event and catering company, those in attendance enjoyed live music, dancing, catered food, drinks, meeting new friends, and lots of amazing raffle prizes! Each prize was donated by very generous and kind people from around our area. Thank you to all that donated, you are awesome!!!

raffles!

Callin out raffles!

If that wasn’t enough, we were amazed to meet a new friend and fellow congenital amputee Carrie Davis. Carrie brought new information to us about Hanger (a prosthetic company here in our town). Jameson was offered future services to their clinic and presented a wonderful opportunity to attend Camp No Limits. An amazing summer camp for kids with limb loss or differences. The camp offers support, mentorship, and education to the kids and their families, to learn more click the link above:) Pretty cool stuff!

Carrie holding Jameson, she was wearing a prosthesis on her left arm

Carrie holding Jameson, she was wearing a prosthesis on her left arm

Michele worked very hard on this and overall raised $1,530.00!!! Yay thank you Michele. I would say that the fund-raiser was a great success in many ways! And thank you again to everyone that participated, donated, and came out to support!

Cake pops at the event wtih Jameson on them

Cake pops at the event with Jameson on them

Michele and I

Michele and I

RAffles

High Fives All Around!

High Fives All Around!

Jameson is 10 Months Old!

Well, tomorrow anyway!

Jameson at 10 months

  • Has 6 teeth! Wow and they are sharp
  • Loves to use those teeth to bite ANYTHING, including me
  • Is crawling (in his own baby turtle way) and is very quick
  • Kicks his feet like crazy, will be fun to see him in the pool this summer!
  • Wants to play with anything he is not supposed to
  • Favorite non-toys: jewelry, strings on your sweatshirt, Tupperware
  • Loves his doggies, he giggles non stop when he pets them with his feet!
  • Weighs 20 lbs and is 2’5″ tall
  • Wears his prosthesis everyday about 3x a day
  • Flew in an airplane for the first time last week!
  • Sleeps through the night finally. Well, he has since about 7 months, but it is worth mentioning!
  • Eats crackers and snacks all by himself, still trying to figure out how to help him use the spoon though
  • Loves all kinds of food (thank goodness we don’t have a picky eater) yay!
  • Has a real fascination with ducks or yellow birds. He lights up and squeals when he sees them, it’s quite funny
  • Favorite song we sing to him: “Rubber Ducky”
  • Takes 2 naps a day (I will be sad when he gives those up)
  • Still loves stroller and baby backpack rides
  • We think he may be left-“handed” which is weird to me for some reason, maybe because no one else is:) But very cool indeed!
  • Words: Dada, mama, dog dog (I think) and a whole lot of some other language that sounds kinda like Russian.
  • Smiles all the time, Jameson is a very happy little guy!

10 months